Parent Handbook


J.O.Y. School

Parent Handbook


Policies and Procedures


Christbridge Fellowship

29510 Tomball Parkway

Tomball, TX    77375


School Office:  281-255-4555

 Church Office:  281-351-4445

Fax: 281-516-2115





Director:  Karen Brown



Purpose and Philosophy

JOY School, a non-profit organization, is a service of ChristBridge Fellowship Church and is an extension of ChristBridge's Christian Education Program. Our goal is to nurture young children in the love of Jesus Christ and to provide each child with a positive introduction to formal education. We believe a child's first school experience is important because it lays the foundation for all future educational experiences. Therefore, we provide an encouraging atmosphere conducive to individual growth and development.


We believe that each child is a unique gift of God. Our approach involves the whole child and recognizes that each one develops at his or her own rate. We strive to provide an environment that is safe, loving, and rich in opportunities for learning and growth through age appropriate, hands-on activities. Our Director and teachers are trained to provide classes that include a balance of play activities, creative artwork, music, exercise, story time, gross and fine motor skill development, language building activities, and learning centers.


The congregation of the ChristBridge Fellowship, recognizing the critical importance of early childhood education, pledges itself to a continued ministry to this community through JOY School.





Admission is open to children of all races, nationalities, and economic backgrounds. Classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. When classes are full children are placed on a waiting list in accordance to the date of contact with the Director. Parents of children on the waiting lists will be contacted when an opening occurs.




Enrollment, Tuition & Registration Fees



A child is considered enrolled in the program once the Director has accepted his/her registration form and fees. Registration and supply fees are due at the time of registration. The registration and supply fees are non refundable. The completed enrollment form, photo consent form, handbook verification form and current immunization records must be in the JOY School Office prior to the child's first day of attending class.


You may choose to pay the whole years tuition by the first day of school  with a 5% discount or make monthly payments. Tuition payments are due on the first school day of the month and are considered delinquent on the third school day of the month. Tuition is payable by check, cash or credit card (online on our website,, additional fee for processing). Checks should be made payable to: JOY School.


Tuition is non-refundable and is due whether you child attends or not, there are no provisions for "make-up" days due to illness.


Recurrent returned checks will result in a "cash only' method of payment.


Accounts should be paid in full by the end of each month. A child can be dropped from enrollment after tuition and fees are two weeks delinquent. The child will not be re-admitted until fees and tuition are paid in full.



Registration & Supply Fee                  $175.00 per school year

Late Pick-up Fee                                 $1.00 per minute

            * After a five minute grace period, maximum of $45.00.

 Return Check Fee                                $25.00

 Late Payment Fee                               $15.00




Multi-Child Discount:


Families with more than one child enrolled at JOY School will receive a 10% discount on tuition fees for the second and subsequent children. Tuition discounts will be applied to lesser tuition amounts. Registration fees are not discounted.



School Calendar - Holidays/In-Service Days


JOY School typically follows the Tomball ISD calendar year and will be closed during major holidays and / or in-service days as noted on the calendar, the JOY School school year ends the Friday before Memorial Day. There is no adjustment in the regular fee for holidays and / or in-service days since they are already figured into the pricing schedule. 


School Cancellation


During inclement weather, watch your local TV stations or listen to local radio for a list of school closings. We will be closed when the Tomball School District closes. If Tomball opens late due to snow or ice, we will remain closed.



Clothes to Wear


Whether a child is still in diapers, in the process of training, or going to the bathroom alone, it is very important that the clothes he or she is wearing be easy to manage at the bathroom or changing time. Elastic, pull-on pants are ideal for this purpose. Dress the child in play clothing that will be comfortable inside and outside. Please include a sweater or jacket on cold days.  Please label all jackets and sweaters.


Shoes should be for play as well - tennis shoes are ideal. NO boots, sandals, flip-flops, or high-heel shoes as they pose a hazard on the playground and can be hard for small children to run and climb in.



Arrival and Pick Up


We value your child being here and we want them to receive as much as they can during their time with us each day. We ask that your child be here by 9:45 a.m. Being here on time allows children to settle into their daily routine and will give them more opportunities to participate in class activities, such as Chapel, centers, and circle time. It can be disruptive to the class when children are arriving and leaving during the structured learning time of the day. We understand that special circumstances and occasional appointments are sometimes necessary and we are happy to work with you. If you can please call the office and let us know if you will be late.  Please try to plan your day the best you can to accommodate your child and their classmates as we respect their time together. We appreciate your cooperation as we work together to make our classroom environment the best it can be for the children.


Children sometimes have a hard time separating from their parents when they first start attending. We find that it helps to keep good-byes short, matter of fact and cheerful! Then leave without looking back - go well out of sight. Do not go back for one last look or one more goodbye. If you are concerned, ask the Director or another teacher to check on your child for you. If you have found that your child responds best when you can come in for a few minutes and get them involved before leaving, please do so - but be sensitive about leaving doors open and purses within reach, etc. If you find it necessary to pick up your child early, please stop by the office and have the Director go and get your child - we have found that if one parent shows up at the door - the rest of the children think that it's time for them to go home too! This can be very difficult for your child's teacher if the class is in the middle of an activity.


According to Licensing Standards we require that all children be signed in and out at the end of the day by the person delivering and picking up the child. You are required to pick-up and drop off your child in their classroom.




Parent Communication


JOY School uses a wonderful communication tool called MyChild. When a child is enrolled at JOY School they will be assigned an account and the parents will be given sign-in information. MyChild is used as our main communication tool. Daily reports, diary reports, developmental reports, lesson plans, calendars, newsletters and forms are all posted through your MyChild account. It is extremely important to set up your account and check it regularly.


Each month a newsletter will be posted on MyChild from JOY School. The newsletter contains information on holidays, special events, policy changes and other school related topics.


If at any time during the school year any of your information needs to be changed (address, phone numbers, persons allowed to pick up) please be sure to send an email through MyChild to our Director so that it can be noted on your child's records.


Each classroom will also have a bulletin board beside the entrance door where important schedule and lesson plan information can be posted. Newletters will be posted there as well. There is also a main posting board in the JOY School entrance where all necessary licensing notifications are posted.



Parent Involvement


Partnering with parents is a priority at JOY School. Parents are offered numerous opportunities to be involved throughout the school year and to sign up to help lead through our PTO. PTO sign-up is available at Open House in the fall. We will also provide sign-up sheets in our welcome packet for various events during the year.


Parent Resources


Parent resources are available in our Parent Library on a variety of topics relative to child development and parenting. We also have resources available upon request for assistance with possible developmental delays though ECI and the Texas WorkSource commission. We want all children and their families to thrive and will help in any way that we can!


Parent Electronic Device Usage


To ensure effective communication between staff, children and families we ask that parents please limit the use of electronic devices when dropping off or picking up your child. Leaving cell phones off when entering the JOY School building will help tremendously in our efforts to partner with you for the benefit of your child.





Learning to live in gentleness and truth of Christ is God's educational goal for every person. Such a goal is the highest calling of a Christian school. Teaching students to conduct themselves to act in loving and responsible ways is the lasting gift to each student. Discipline and guidance shall be consistent and based on an understanding of the child's needs and development. The school shall promote self-discipline and acceptable behavior. There shall be no cruel, harsh, or unusual punishment. No child shall be spanked, shaken, or hit. Good behavior will be recognized and encouraged. Brief, supervised separation from the group may be used if necessary. Food is never used as a reward or punishment for a child's behavior. Parents will be notified if a child is continually disruptive.


Challenging Behavior


When continued challenging behavior occurs the Director, Parents and Teacher will work together to help each child succeed in his/her classroom. The team will decide on a plan of action that will best meet the needs of the child. The plan may include daily notes home or behavior charts to help encourage acceptable behavior. Community resources will be made available if needed and resources will be available in the Parent Resource library.





Birthday Celebrations


Please contact your child's teacher if you wish to bring special treat or snack to celebrate your child's birthday. Acceptable treats are cookies, donuts, donut holes or a similar easy-to-handle treat. All food items brought to be shared with the class must be prepared by a commercial facility that is routinely inspected by the health department (grocery store, bakery, restaurant, etc.).




Toys from Home


We ask that children NOT bring toys from home into the classroom. Personal items can be lost on the playground, forgotten in the classroom and sometimes even broken accidentally. In addition, the teacher has to spend valuable time making sure toys and extras are packed and get back home at the end of the day.


An exception to this rule is that sometimes children will be asked to bring a "Show and Tell" item or other special item as part of a classroom activity. If this is the case, please put your child's name on the item brought. Photographs can be placed in a small Ziploc bag, so small hands can handle them without being smudged.


Lunch Time


Statement required for Licensing Regulations: Parents provide each child's lunch time meal from home therefore JOY School is not responsible for its nutritional value or for meeting the child's daily food needs.


Parents are encouraged to provide adequate nutritional value for their child when preparing their lunches. Example of healthy lunch may include meat, cheese, fruit, raw vegetables, and yogurt.


Here are some helpful things you can do so that mealtime at JOY School can be a pleasant, satisfying experience for your child:


         Include only finger foods that your child can eat without assistance. Be aware that we are unable to heat lunches.

         Any items that need to be cut up should be done at home.

         Box-type juices or milk drinks are nice and don't leak like a thermos sometimes does.

         No glass bottles or glass containers of any type, please.

         Keep desserts small and simple. NO hard candies (choking hazard).

         If you want your younger child to wear a bib while eating, the bib should be placed in the lunch box.

         Include ice packs for items that need to remain cold.

         Lunches will be stored in each child's cubby in their classroom.

         All liquids or food items over 110 degrees F are kept out of reach of the children.

         Remember - label everything that you want to come back home - including: the lunchbox, bib, sip cup, utensils, thermos, etc.


All staff members are educated on food allergies and precautions are taken to ensure that all children are protected. Allergy information is documented on each child's enrollment form, a copy is kept in the child's classroom and in the Director's office files. Parent's will be notified through written notes, MyChild, and postings outside of the classroom if a particular food item must be excluded from their child's lunches for allergy reasons.


Nutrition information for children will be shared with parents through newsletters and books available in our Parent Resource Center.



Breast feeding


JOY School will provide a comfortable place for all nursing mothers to breastfeed. Nursing mothers are welcome to breastfeed or provide breast milk for their child while in care. Upon request, JOY School will happily provide resources or educational support on breastfeeding to all interested parents.





Snack time


Healthy snacks are provided in after school care for all children including elementary students that arrive on the TISD bus. Snacks will include items such as; yogurt, cheese, fruit, crackers, pretzels, dried fruit, animal crackers and peanut butter crackers.



Physical Activity and Electronic Usage


All children that attend school part time will have a 30 minute playground time each day. If they attend full time they will have an additional 30-60 minutes of outside playtime. In case of bad weather teachers will provide an equal amount of inside gross motor activities in the classroom or chapel room. TV time is used only for Friday "Movie Days" in after school care or occasionally for a special event if there is a program that enhances the teaching in the classroom. Computers and tablets are used during center time and for the sole purpose of providing educational activities.



Rest time


A rest time following lunch is required for all children. According to section 4200, of Texas Minimum Standards for Day Care Centers and the Harris County Fire Marshall's Office, mats must be comfortable, waterproof and flame retardant. Your child may bring a blanket or crib sheet from home for his or her mat or crib. Due to limited space we ask that pillows be travel size.  Blanket/crib sheets will be sent home for laundering every week.



Animal Policy


At times classrooms will have a class pet that they take care of (especially in the 3 & 4 year-old classrooms). Teachers will notify parents when an animal will be present and will ensure that the animal does not create an unsafe environment or unsanitary conditions.



Pick-Up Policy


We must have current phone numbers where we can reach you or a designated person, who you would trust to pick up your child, at all times! These numbers are filled out initially with your child's registration paperwork and are kept on file in the office. We urge you to have names and numbers of several people listed and to update your numbers if they change. You must designate individuals who are allowed to pick up your child in writing.


Children should be picked up by 2:35 PM, unless they are in extended care if that is the case 6:05 PM. It is upsetting to a child to always be the last one picked up. All children not picked up by 2:35 PM or 6:05 PM will be assessed a late pick-up fee. A log will be kept of the number of minutes that they are late being picked up. You will be charged $1.00 for every minute that you are late after the first five up to a maximum of $45.00. Late fees will be billed and payment will be expected with your next month's tuition.






Sick children cannot be admitted to the center. We want our classes to have the healthiest environment possible. The best way to prevent illness is to prevent exposure. In order to keep our classes "healthy", we ask you to please keep your child home if he/she has had any of the following symptoms 24 hours prior to class: Diarrhea, vomiting, or fever. Be alert to such symptoms as runny nose, fever, sore throat, upset stomach, skin rash, flushed face, paleness, etc. Your child must be fever free 24 hours before returning to school. Check with your physician for diagnosis, treatment, and the proper time for returning to school. If your child becomes ill at school, he/she will be isolated and you, your spouse or your childcare provider will be contacted to pick up your child immediately.






In case of absence, please call the school (281-255-4555) and let the Director know your child will be out and if they have anything that may be contagious to the rest of the class.





If your child is taking a medication please fill out a medication form in the office. You may also download the authorization form to fill out at home and bring to school. The Medication Authorization Form is available in the MyChild Library section. The medication will be refrigerated or kept in the office until the proper time for the Director to administer the medication.  Never leave any type of medicine in a child's backpack.


Medical Emergencies


In the event of a medical emergency 911 will be called, the child's doctor and parents will be notified immediately. All teachers are certified in CPR and 1st Aid and competent in handling minor emergencies.


Head Lice Policy


Head lice spread very easily from one person to another and schools are easy targets for outbreaks. Please be aware that having head lice is not a reflection on you, your child, or the cleanliness of your household!


If you find that your child has head lice, please report it to the office so that other children can be inspected, that way we can contain the outbreak as quickly as possible.


JOY School has adopted the same Head Lice Policy as is used in the Tomball School District:


If a child is found to have "nits or live lice" in their hair, the parent will be called. The child must be picked up immediately from school. The day the child returns to school, after being treated, he/she must be brought to the office to be checked before returning to the classroom. We have a no "nit" policy. If the child has one nit remaining in their hair, he/she will not be allowed to return to the classroom and will be checked the next day when they return to school. After seven days school staff will recheck the child.



Biting Policy


Biting is a normal part of childhood but, it cannot be tolerated habitually.


In the event of a Biting Incident in a classroom, the following guidelines will be followed:


Parents of both the children will receive a "Biting Incident" report in the child's backpack. The parent of the child who was bitten will never be given the name of the biter, this information is confidential. Likewise, the child who is doing the biting will never be given the name of the child he/she bit. If the incident took place and the teachers are not sure who did the biting, only the parents of the child who has been bitten will receive a report. A copy of these reports will be placed in the child's file in the office.


Hearing and Vision Screening

The Vision and Hearing Screening Program, Texas Health and Safety Code requires that all children enrolled for the first time in any public, private, parochial, or denominational school or in a Department of Family and Protective Services licensed child-care center and licensed child care home in Texas, or who meet certain grade criteria (specified below), must be screened or have a professional examination for possible vision and hearing problems.

The requirements for VISION AND HEARING SCREENING apply each year for children enrolled in any licensed child-care center and licensed child care home or school program at the ages or grades listed below:




4-years-old by September 1st
Any other first-time entrants
(4 years* through 12th grade)



JOY School offers screening once a year. You may have your child screened at that time or by your pediatrician.


JOY School Emergency Preparedness Plan


In case of fire children will be evacuated to the north parking lot and parents will be called.


In the event of an emergency that requires evacuation of the children JOY School will relocate to:

1.  Tomball Elementary School -

1110 Inwood St  Tomball, TX 77375

281- 357-3280


2.  Lone Star College -

30555 Tomball Parkway, Tomball, TX 77375



Children will walk or be transported by staff vehicles if deemed necessary. Children under the age of 24 months will be transported in 2 strollers that accommodate 4 children each and 2 wagons that accommodate 4 children each if needed.


Emergency evacuation and relocation diagrams are located inside each class next to the door.


Attendance will be taken by using the attendance sheets that each teacher brings with them upon evacuation. The teachers will also have all emergency care and contact information for the children in their care on the clipboard that contains their attendance sheets. Parents will be contacted by cell phone as soon as they are safely secured at alternate location.


Emergency Telephone Numbers


Emergency or Medical Service                        911

Local Police Dept.                                    281-341-5451

Fire Dept.                                           281-351-7101

Poison Center                                        800-222-1222

DFPS Child Abuse Hotline                            800-252-5400

Nearest Child-Care Licensing                        409-766-5959

Licensing Permit Number                                   836520




At JOY School we strive to have an open, loving environment for your child. Please feel free to talk to our Director or your child's teacher at any time about any questions that may arise during the school year. Parents are welcome to drop in and visit their child's class whenever they wish. Please allow them (the child) a month to get used to their environment before visiting if possible. Lunch dates are always a treat or just come by to see what goes on in a typical day at preschool. Parents are encouraged to be involved in our program through our Parent Volunteer Group. Parent Involvement forms are sent home during Open House so that you may indicate the areas you would like to volunteer in. Opportunities will be available throughout the year. Information will be sent to parents through MyChild each month.


If you have any questions about our Licensing Minimum Standards, our most recent Licensing Report, how to contact the local Licensing office (713-940-5217), PRS child abuse hotline or PRS website ( please see our information board located in the entry hallway or see our Director.




Thank you for sharing your precious children with us!



How Young Children Learn


"Children learn on their feet, not on their seat!" - Margaret Puckett


Children Are Active Learners:

        They learn by being involved.

        They follow their own natural curiosity.

        They are explorers.

        They learn by doing.

Children Learn by Doing Things Over and Over:

        They need many opportunities to repeat activities.

        Materials and equipment need to be available for extended periods so that children can discover how things work.

        They also need time to move from exploring to using the same materials and equipment for a specific purpose.

        Young children enjoy practice; they can and will drill themselves.

        Example: Learning to tie shoes.

Children Learn Through Their Senses:

        They gather knowledge by seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling, and tasting.

        Example: Nature walk, outdoor play, water table exploration, scented play dough, etc . . .

Children Learn by Making Mistakes and Trying a Different Approach:

        Mistakes are an important part of learning.

        We want children to be willing to make mistakes.

        Through trial and error children learn how to learn and they establish learning patterns that will last a lifetime.

        With encouragement, children gain confidence that they can learn and they look to themselves for answers.

        They learn that they can problem solve, an important skill for lifelong learning.

Children Learn Through Modeling:

        Children model what they see and what they hear.

        They are constantly watching to see your reactions in various situations.

        Children need positive role models in their lives.

Children Learn Through Materials and People Relevant to Their Life Experiences:

        For a child to learn about something, it is important if it is a part of their "world" right now, a part of their daily life.

        Children will have a better understanding if they can learn it through a concrete experience.

        Example: Farming and farm animals.


Children Learn Through Variety of Experiences:

        Children need a variety of activities and materials in their classrooms because they come to a group with different abilities and experience levels.

        Example: (Developmental age) A five year old could be working at a 3 or 4 year old level, or at a 5 or 6 year old level.

        Because of the broad range of skills and the diverse abilities of children in any group, they need to be provided with activities on many levels.

        Materials should be available so that all children can be successful.

        Children have different interests and motivation, so variety is essential.

How Do We Make This Happen At Tomball JOY School?


The Program:

Tomball JOY School adheres to the codes and criteria of the following organizations.

        Texas Rising Star Accreditation Program

        Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

        Harris County Fire Marshal

        Harris County Health Department

The Staff:

        The staff gathered here truly love what they do and want to be here with your child.

        Some have education degrees and some have early childhood degrees.

        All keep abreast of new developments in the early childhood field through annual training. Teachers are expected to receive a minimum of 30 hours of training each school year. They obtain these hours through local and state early childhood conferences.

        They are dedicated to giving each child the feeling of being loved and accepted in a Christian environment. Feeling loved promotes a positive self-image, and enables a child love others. With God's help, we strive to provide you and your child with a positive early learning experience.



Class Ratios:

Class                           Child to Teacher Ratio

Infant                                     4:1

Toddlers                                 5:1

Twos                                       6:1

Preschool                               10:1

Pre-K                                     12:1


The Curriculum:

        The curriculum is thematic based and themes are changed on a regular basis.

        Themes are relevant to the child's world so that they have concrete experiences to learn from.

        Themes are consistent throughout the center. Activities and concepts are adjusted to meet the needs of the developmental age level of each group.

        When possible, "In-House" field trips are arranged with visitors to make the experience concrete.

Examples: Visitors - Doctor, Nurse, Dental Hygienist, Farmer with farm animals, Fire Fighters with the fire truck, Police Officers, etc . . .

        Daily bible stories, prayer, and teachable moments guide children as they learn about Jesus' love for them and for one another.

        We believe that gross motor skills and music and movement are very important to your child's learning. Specialists are on staff in both of these areas and spend time each week with your child. A trained music teacher spends time will all classes each week.

         "Saxon Math" , phonics and "Handwriting Without Tears" are integrated on the preschool and pre-k levels in a developmentally appropriate way.

        Resource areas and library are available on campus for teachers to check out activities and books to enhance centers and themes.

        Supplies are stocked and available to teachers for classroom use.

        Curriculum is designed to educate the "whole" child. Spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively.

        Individual differences are celebrated among children.

        Children learn through their play. Play is your child's work.

The Environment:

        Children learn best through their play and the teachers are the facilitators of your child's play.

        Children are encouraged to make choices and discover the world around them through hands-on activities.

        Low ratios and small group sizes give more opportunity for interaction on an individual basis.

        Classrooms are set-up as centers to enhance learning opportunities.

        Each center provides a variety of activities to choose from, with varying levels of difficulty to meet and challenge the developmental age levels of the children in the group.

In the Manipulative Center children learn to:

        Match objects in a one-to-one correspondence

        Orally identify the number of objects in a group

        Recognize the empty set

        Know terms related to direction and location

        Use vocabulary to compare sets

        Demonstrate concepts of part and whole

        Compare objects

        Form groups by sorting and matching

        Combine and separate groups of object to form new groups

        Sort objects by one or more characteristics

        Repeat a simple pattern using objects

        Order two or three objects by size

        Develop fine motor skills

        Practice self-help skills

        Develop pincher control

        Develop perceptual awareness skills

        Experience counting objects

        Experience identifying patterns

        Experience at the readiness level physical representations of addition and subtraction

        Discover similarities and differences

        Know the letters of the alphabet

        Distinguish between upper and lower case letters

        Sequence events correctly

        Make predictions and explain why

        Discover color, shape, line and texture

        Explore money

        Explore time units

        Classify objects

        Acquire eye-hand coordination

        Make choices

        Make decisions

In the Dramatic Play Center children learn to:

        Use a variety of words to express feelings and ideas

        Use oral language in a variety of situations

        Match objects in a one-to-one correspondence

        Learn social skills appropriate to group behavior

        Identify basic economic wants of people

        Explore different celebrations and customs

        Know and observe rules of the classroom

        Explore sequences of actions in social relationships

        Practice self-help skills

        Participate in leadership

        Develop concept of family by practicing roles

        Work cooperatively

        Practice simple home chores

        Engage in creative dramatic activities

        Engage in nonverbal communication

        Speak clearly and at an appropriate rate

        Engage in one on one communication

        Discover ways people help each other

        Discover socially acceptable and unacceptable behavior

        Discover cause and effect, interaction of materials and change

        Match pairs, sort and classify objects

        Share materials and take turns

        Make choices

        Make decisions

In the Art Center children learn to:

        Discover line, color, shape and texture by seeing and feeling objects

        Experiment informally with a variety of simple media

        Express individual thoughts and feelings through picture making, modeling,

constructing and printing

        Look at and talk about artworks including primary sources

        Engage in conversation by sharing ideas with others

        Use the senses to gain information about the environment

        Develop problem solving skills

        Develop independence

        Develop organizational skills

        Experiment with art materials to understand properties

        Experiment with art materials to understand cause and effect

        Explore artwork

        Develop manipulative skills

        Develop eye-hand coordination

        Respond to storytelling by drawing or painting

        Observe color, texture, size and shape of objects

        Make choices

        Make decisions

In the Block Center children learn to:

        Use oral language in a variety of situations

        Match objects in a one-to-one correspondence

        Learn social skills appropriate to group behavior

        Use vocabulary to designate quantities

        Demonstrate concepts of part/whole

        Use vocabulary to compare objects (same/different)

        Form groups by sorting and matching objects according to their attributes

        Know and discuss the consequences of actions in social relationships

        Create, repeat and/or extend patterns

        Develop eye-hand coordination

        Observe and follow safety rules

        Learn ordering

        Learn mapping skills

        Learn physical representations of addition and subtraction

        Develop classification skills

        Learn size and shape differentiation, relations and recognition

        Discuss ways people help each other

        Express relative sizes

        Understand gravity, stability, weight and balance

        Think, create and implement plans

        Discover properties of matter

        Discover the names of buildings and the functions of buildings

        Develop respect for the work of others

        Make choices

        Make decisions

In the Science Center children learn to:

        Use senses to gain information about the environment

        Describe phenomena in the environment

        Use vocabulary to compare objects

        Compare similarities and differences among objects

        Sort objects from the environment according to one or more characteristics

        Sequence events in order of their occurrence

        Know and practice safety

        Talk about what is seen, heard, touched, tasted or smelled as objects,

        people and events are experienced

        Use comparators

        Observe color, texture, size and shape of objects

        Observe change in the environment and objects in it

        Observe cause and effect of materials

        Observe systems, cycles, interactions and diversity in the environment

        Classify objects from the environment as living or nonliving

        Describe external features or organisms

        Make predications

        Use the scientific method

        Develop curiosity about the natural world

        Observe relationships between objects

        Use weighting and other measurement skills to gain information

        Observe forces, such as gravity and magnetism

        Respect and use tools appropriately and safely

        Match, sort and classify objects

        Group objects

        Make choices

        Make decisions

In the Library Center children learn to:

        Respond to simple directions, commands and questions

        Recognize and compare familiar and unfamiliar sounds

        Acquire the meaning of vocabulary words

        Listen to literary selections for personal enjoyment

        Use a variety of words to express feelings and ideas

        Dictate ideas and feelings as they are recorded

        Retell a familiar story

        Use oral language in a variety of situations

        Read own stories to others

        Create stories using invented spelling

        Develop fine motor skills

        Identify author and illustrator as being creators of stories

        Focus attention on a teacher

        Listen to appreciate sound devices of rhythm, rhyme, alliteration and onomatopoeia

        Relate events from personal experiences

        Communicate effectively in one-on-one small group situations

        Tell what a story is about

        Recall important facts from a story

        Arrange the events of a story in sequential order

        Distinguish between real and make-believe

        Retell an unfamiliar story

        Respond to various forms of literature

        Become acquainted with a variety of selections, characters and theme

of our literary heritage

        Select books for individual needs and interests

        Follow simple story lines in stories read aloud

        Recognize that everyone has experiences to write about

        Recognize that writing can entertain and inform

In the Computer Center children learn computer skills. They learn to:

        Watch the screen

        Move the arrow to a specified place using the track ball or mouse

        Match letters using the track ball or mouse

        Use the keyboard to access the screen

        Match letters using the keyboard

        Draw with the mouse or track ball

        Fill in spaces with the track ball or mouse

        Erase with the track ball or mouse

        Choose activities using the program menu

        Use a menu to access a different program of choice

        Use the keyboard to write letters, words or numbers

In the Computer Center children learn skills and concepts depending on the software.

They learn to:

        Match objects in one-to-one correspondence

        Match letters

        Compare objects

        Recognize similarities and differences

        Count objects

        Match pairs, sort and classify objects

        Discover color, line, size and shape of objects

        Combine sets

        Identify or repeat a simple pattern

        Extend or create a simple pattern

        Demonstrate the concept of part/whole relationship

        Develop perceptual awareness skills

        Know terms related to direction

        Recognize the printout is the same as the screen

In Physical Education class children learn to:

        Develop muscular strength and endurance

        Develop flexibility and cardiorespiratory endurance

        Develop loco motor skills

        Manipulate bean bags, large balls, long ropes, and hoops

        Perform body mechanics

        Develop body awareness

        Develop spatial and directional awareness

        Develop coordination and balance

        Participate in cooperative games

        Develop and practice behavior that reflects an understanding of safety

        Develop primary gymnastic skills (crawling, rolling, creeping, scooting, sliding and balancing)

        Respect equipment and materials

        Make choices

        Make decisions

In Music & Movement class children learn to:

        Hear music for quiet listening

        Hear music that tells a story

        Create vocal sounds by imitating sing songs

        Move and dance

        Play simple rhythm using musical instruments

        Repeat simple patterns with voice, movement and/or musical instruments

        Participate in rhythmic activities

        Develop coordination

        Acquire fundamental movement skills

        Develop spatial and directional awareness

        Recognize and compare sounds

        Formulate patterns

        Explore vocal sounds

        Explore imitation/recognition of environmental sounds

        Explore difference between speaking and singing voices

        Explore tone matching

        Explore rote singing of melodic patterns

        Sing action songs

        Recognize high/low, loud/soft, fast/slow, up/down, long/short and smooth/jerky

        Hear short selections for expressive movement

        Listen and identify simple music forms

        Perform gross motor movement to records and singing

        Move to express mood/meaning of music

        Explore sounds

        Explore singing games

        Explore complicated rhythm patterns

        Make choices

        Make decisions



Family Handbook Verification


To the Parents and/or Guardians:

After you have read the Family Handbook, please return this sheet SIGNED to the school office, along with the Enrollment form and a copy of your child's immunization records.


This certifies that you have read the school policies and procedures as stated in the JOY School Handbook and understand their application to your child's safety and overall success and happiness at JOY School.


It is understood that the JOY School Staff will:

  • Recognize and love each child as a precious child of God
  • Pray for the students and the parents
  • Plan/prepare and implement activities that promote the spiritual, social, emotional, physical, creative and intellectual growth of the students
  • Communicate with the parents about the growth and progress of the child(ren)
  • Be concerned for the health and safety of the children
  • Grow in teaching skills and relationship skills through professional study
  • Share the Christian faith and worship with the students


As a parent I will:

  • Be thankful for the blessing of my child(ren)
  • Pray for my child(ren) and the teacher(s)
  • Be a partner in the Christian education of my child(ren)
  • Communicate with the teachers (read the classroom information, newsletters, attend conferences, come to the teacher with concerns, etc.)
  • Provide proper rest and nutrition
  • Grow in parenting skills through classes and reading materials
  • Be committed to my child(ren)'s spiritual growth and encourage my child(ren) to worship regularly




Date:     ______________

Child(ren)'s Name: ______________________________

Parent's Signature: ______________________________

E-Mail: _______________________________________